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Road Bumps, Drama and Noise: Officials Dismiss Complaints about Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Drama and noise are a good thing and I do not mind being called a road bump especially if we can stop destructive educational policies that enrich publishers while masquerading as reform.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Saint Patrick's Day and the Other American Dream

Boria Sax | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

But Saint Patrick's Day is not really about history, religion, or even Ireland; it is about the "other" American dream. Like the dream of building a new and better life, this one is a product of the immigrant experience.

Suomenlinna: The Ultimate Destination for Travel Loners

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 02.27.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own.

Technology or Teachers?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Kathy Kemper

There is no silver bullet that will enable the U.S. to catch up, and it has been clear for some time, moreover, that simply throwing money at schools is not the answer.

Symmetry in Scandinavia: Finland's Holiday Food Markets

Sarah Dajani | Posted 03.08.2014 | Taste
Sarah Dajani

Allow me to explain what Finland seems to be to me. In one word: design. Think ice, sleek and shiny like steel. Snowflakes, each one perfectly unique in its crystalline lattice. And darkness, the absorption of all light and the undying fashion statement of "artists" around the globe.

Dad Sends 'Youngest Astronauts Ever' To Infinity And Beyond

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Tero Tähtinen's mission for Christmas last year definitely went above and beyond the call of parental duty -- to infinity and beyond, some might say....

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

OECD | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
OECD

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?

Egypt Cracks Down on Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.01.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalat...

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

The Teaching Profession: Then and Now

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The department chair handed me a textbook to teach from. I took one look at it, and decided I couldn't inflict such dry, pedantic stuff on my students. I also noticed that my classroom door was closed and no one was watching me.

Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andreas Schleicher

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...

Ring In The New Year Twice

Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel

New Year's Eve is so much fun... who wouldn't want to celebrate multiple times? If ringing in the new year at the stroke of midnight just once isn'...

2 Air Force Jets Collide In Midair

AP | Posted 11.13.2013 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish defense force says that two Hawk jets have collided in midair during a training flight and that both pilots ejected. Th...

SPOILER ALERT: This Owl Does Not Freeze To Death At The End

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Whoooooo's that in the distance? That was the question on Pentti Taskinen's lips when he was paddling out on Finland's Lake Tuusula on Sunday. Once...

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

Andrew W. Wyckoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
Andrew W. Wyckoff

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. And in a time of rising inequality, to do so equitably and fairly is even tougher. Innovation - whi...

Poverty, Mobility and Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Countries' lower poverty rates are not of function of their "free markets" -- they are a function of their anti-poverty policies.

WATCH: Do You Live In One Of The World's Most Honest Cities?

Posted 12.13.2013 | Healthy Living

Looking for the world's most honest city? You may need to go outside the U.S. Reader’s Digest recently conducted a "Lost Wallet" Test to find whi...

SHOCKING VIDEO: Shots Fired by Russian Military During Greenpeace Arctic Protest

Philip Radford | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

What you're seeing is the Russian Special Forces response to a peaceful protest. Peaceful activism is crucial when governments around the world have failed to respond to dire scientific warnings about the consequences of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere.

Turku Soul

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

photo authorized by Bruce Sterling Turku, Finland, and Turin, Italy. What could these two distant cities possibly have in common? Besides their ...

WATCH: The New King Of Air Guitar

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Weird News

We like to shred a mean air guitar from time to time here at The Huffington Post, but have got nothing on the finalists who competed in the Air Guitar...

Instagram Or Reality?

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 08.26.2013 | Travel

You come across a beautiful photo on the Internet -- one with vibrant colors, the perfect amount of light or a vintage hue -- and one thought pops int...

Eurotrad: European Roots Music Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

In addition to the American and Canadian folk I often encounter, I've been writing for years about European music, from Finland to Spain and everywhere between.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

Cultivating a Culture of Education

Alex Reichert | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Alex Reichert

In many respects, Finnish and Korean education could not be less alike. So what is this secret to each country's apparent success? Both have great pride in their school systems and have cultures that emphasize the value of education. And the fact is, we don't.